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Ayr Train Station to stay open as council extend exclusion zone

ScotRail have said that “despite reports” they will not be closing the station on Monday.

The following Statement is from ScotRail:


South Ayrshire Council has imposed an exclusion zone at Ayr station, which will have an impact on our services. This is because the former hotel building next to the station has been deemed unsafe. The hotel building isn’t owned or operated by ScotRail.


This exclusion zone means services via Ayr will be disrupted for the foreseeable future.


Ayr station remains open for business and, despite reports, will not be closing on Monday (3 September).


The following service alterations will apply until further notice:


• Services between Ayr and Glasgow Central will have reduced capacity because of the restrictions that have been applied by the council, as the platforms at Ayr station can only accommodate four-carriage trains.


A number of early morning services will also be subject to cancellation as we no longer have access to the Ayr Townhead servicing depot.


Bus services will operate at points along the route to get people where they need to be.

• Customers travelling from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central should use services from platform 1 if possible (Gourock and Wemyss Bay services), and the same on return from Glasgow Central.

• Services between Glasgow Central and Stranraer will start and terminate at Kilmarnock

Buses are in place to get customers from Ayr to Stranraer. We are unable to run trains between Kilmarnock in Ayr due to the exclusion zone restrictions imposed by the council, which have impacted our platform and line capacity.

• Customers travelling to Stranraer from Kilmarnock, or vice versa, will be provided with a taxi to/from Ayr station, from where they will be able to get a bus.

• Please speak with a member of our station team or use the station Help Point if you require assistance.

• There will be no services between Ayr and Girvan

Buses are in place to take customers between Ayr and Girvan.

Travelling to the Airshow this weekend, 1-2 September?


We will do everything we can to get people to the Airshow, but our original plans for extra carriages aren’t possible now because of the restrictions that have been put in place by South Ayrshire Council.


If you're travelling to the Air Show we advise you to make alternative travel arrangements where you can. Further information can be found here: https://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/scottish-international-airshow/


-Will services continue to run from Ayr station?


Despite reports, Ayr station will not close on Monday (3 September). It is open and services continue to operate from there. There are no current plans to close Ayr station, and we will continue to do everything we can to keep people moving during this difficult situation. We will continue to keep the matter under review.


If South Ayrshire Council extends its exclusion zone then we would have to assess the impact this would have on our ability to operate trains from the station.


- Will there be further changes to services?


We will keep the matter under constant review, to ensure we are providing the best possible service to our customers along the route. This includes customers at stations along the route closer to Glasgow Central, who are impacted by the reduced capacity.

We will keep customers informed of any changes.


- How long will this disruption last?

The disruption to our services will continue for as long as the council’s exclusion zone remains in place.


-How can I keep up to date with what’s happening?


Please check @ScotRail on Twitter, the live departure information on our website, or download our appbefore starting your journey to check which services are operating.


Please use the station Help Points if you require any assistance.


We are sorry to our customers for any inconvenience caused by this situation which is outwith our control. We are working flat out to get people where they need to be.

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